Michigan State has caught the Big Ten’s short straw when it comes to schedule, having to follow a rivalry game with a second in a row to open the season.
The Spartans did not fare well in the first, losing to upstart (in this case, meaning a trend towards sixth in the Big Ten East division) Rutgers under new head coach Greg Schiano. First-year Spartans coach Mel Tucker and his team looked overwhelmed in the trenches, slow on both sides of the ball and like a young Austin Fox in his first Westphalia Fair greased pig contest by turning the ball seven times.
The response from the Michigan state fan base has been mixed on the mourning scale. Most of them skipped the first step (denial) and went straight to anger. Many more started at # 4 (depression), while former coach Mark “It will never be over” Dantonio immediately moved up to # 5 and acceptance … as in, “I will accept your golden $ 4 million parachute and leave you with this tire fire in appreciation.
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He then had the nerve to watch from the stands as Tucker and the new staff made one bad in-game decision after another.
At one point, a few people in attendance thought they heard Dantonio lean over to his mate Tom Izzo and say, “Well… it’s all yours – again” and “at least my inheritance is safe,” standing up. after a particularly terrible streak and shouting like Tom Hanks at Wilson after creating his own hell:
Many on the MSU bulletin boards have directed their anger at him. Some, however, were still stuck in denial, trying to convince people “this season doesn’t matter anyway!”
But the cliché is that teams make their biggest improvements from Week 1 to Week 2, and it’s always a game of rivalry. We suspect the Spartans won’t turn the ball more than seven times, and there are still a number of MSU players who have experienced the rivalry and still burn with the hatred their former coach injected them (among others, in the case of Joe Bachie, etc.).
“We have a big chip on our shoulders and we can use it to our advantage,” said senior winger Drew Beesley. “I’ll be honest – I think this may be the most intense Michigan prep week I’ve had since being here, and I’ve had some pretty intense Michigan weeks for five years here.” .
“So… take what you like about it.” I think we are more than ready.
We will find out soon enough.
Congratulations to last week’s loser Austin Fox. Doug Karsch’s choice was actually worse, but it’s actually rare when he left.
This week’s winner gets a pat on the back for a job well done. You are Assumed win this week.
CHRIS BALAS: It’s never as good as it looks in the first week, and / or it’s never as bad. That’s hope if you’re a Michigan state fan, of course. While the Spartans don’t have a ton of talent, quarterback Rocky Lombardi was actually better than we thought, and MSU has talent on the catcher.
MSU won’t flip it seven times and keep it closer than many think. Michigan 38, MSU 10
JOHN BORTON: The week of rivalry with the State of Michigan has been quieter than Jim Tressel in a review of NCAA rule violations. The Spartans could sense what’s coming, having failed to hold back Eternal Rutgers powerhouse on opening day at East Lansing. Credit where credit is due, however, if the Spartans don’t shoot a Wisconsin and show up at Michigan Stadium tomorrow. Bonus points for each turnover less than seven. Michigan 42, MSU 10
AUSTIN FOX: The pre-game 2018 stunt Mark Dantonio and his team performed seemed like a wake-up call for Jim Harbaugh in this rivalry, with his team ultimately matching the hatred and intensity of MSU (and more) each of the last two. years. There’s no love lost here, and it was evident at the end of last season’s game when Shea Patterson threw in a final touchdown pass with just under three minutes to seal the 44-10 victory.
Harbaugh has finally restored order to the rivalry, and he feels again like he did from 1969 to 2007, when Michigan finished 30-9 in the series, thanks to three knowledgeable coaches in place at Bo Schembechler. , Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr. The main question surrounding Saturday’s game is not who will win, but how long Harbaugh chooses to keep his foot on the accelerator in the second half. Michigan 41, Michigan 10
CLAYTON SAYFIE: Where have all the Spartans gone? There hasn’t been a glance from the Greens and Whites this week, as they are set to take on their biggest rival.
Michigan have won three of four and two straight games in the series, but the Wolverines won’t be complacent when they face coach Mel Tucker’s first team. Mark Dantonio, who unceremoniously stepped down in February, let Tucker pick up the pieces of a waning program – in many ways. There isn’t enough talent on the roster to keep her close unless the Wolverines self-implode. Michigan 52, Michigan 6
DREW HALLETT: Since 1948, only one freshman coach has won in the Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry. It was Nick Saban from Michigan State in 1995, and that was only because Michigan also had a first-year coach at Lloyd Carr on the sidelines.
Michigan State freshman coach Mel Tucker won’t turn this around. Not after the Spartans lost double digits at home to Rutgers. Not when Michigan is currently favored to win by 24.5 points.
It is not a lack of respect. It’s just the truth. Michigan 45, MSU 13
DOUG KARSCH: It is difficult to win a game when you are passed on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. I have seen the Wolverines get pushed around in this rivalry up close.
The shoe is now on the other foot. Michigan has a lot of inexperience in skill positions, which makes them prone to leadership changes – if they don’t, they comfortably win. Michigan 42, MSU 13
DOUG SKENE: New Michigan Agricultural College coach Mel Tucker hasn’t called for a “moment of silence” for Michigan football like his predecessor did after losing his first game in 2007. Of course, losing to Rutgers now is not the time to call the Wolverines.
Green and white blood is in the water, which is a perfect reason to take this game seriously. Michigan 42, MAC 16